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Greece: Bailout inspectors' visit triggers strike

  • A demonstrator holds a banner as he participates at a protest against Greece's creditors outside the central Athens hotel where the negotiations between the government and the country’s creditors resumed, Monday, April 4, 2016. Greece's government has started new talks with bailout creditors amid a dispute over a wiretapped and leaked conversation between foreign officials involved in the Greek bailout on the negotiations. The main sticking points are mandated pension cuts, tax reforms and future cuts Greece must make to meet bailout targets. The country has depended on bailouts since 2010. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    A demonstrator holds a banner as he participates at a protest against Greece's creditors outside the central Athens hotel where the negotiations between the government and the country’s creditors resumed, Monday, April 4, 2016. Greece's government has started new talks with bailout creditors amid a dispute over a wiretapped and leaked conversation between foreign officials involved in the Greek bailout on the negotiations. The main sticking points are mandated pension cuts, tax reforms and future cuts Greece must make to meet bailout targets. The country has depended on bailouts since 2010. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)  (The Associated Press)

  • A demonstrator holding a Greek flag joins a protest against Greece's creditors in Athens, Monday, April 4, 2016, as Greece's government started new talks with bailout creditors amid a dispute over a wiretapped and leaked conversation between foreign officials involved in the Greek bailout negotiations. The main sticking points are mandated pension cuts, tax reforms and future cuts Greece must make to meet bailout targets. The country has depended on bailouts since 2010. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    A demonstrator holding a Greek flag joins a protest against Greece's creditors in Athens, Monday, April 4, 2016, as Greece's government started new talks with bailout creditors amid a dispute over a wiretapped and leaked conversation between foreign officials involved in the Greek bailout negotiations. The main sticking points are mandated pension cuts, tax reforms and future cuts Greece must make to meet bailout targets. The country has depended on bailouts since 2010. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)  (The Associated Press)

  • Under the watchful eye of Greek riot police officers, right, a demonstrator chants slogans during a protest against Greece's creditors in Athens, Monday, April 4, 2016, as Greece's government started new talks with bailout creditors amid a dispute over a wiretapped and leaked conversation between foreign officials involved in the Greek bailout negotiations. The main sticking points are mandated pension cuts, tax reforms and future cuts Greece must make to meet bailout targets. The country has depended on bailouts since 2010. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    Under the watchful eye of Greek riot police officers, right, a demonstrator chants slogans during a protest against Greece's creditors in Athens, Monday, April 4, 2016, as Greece's government started new talks with bailout creditors amid a dispute over a wiretapped and leaked conversation between foreign officials involved in the Greek bailout negotiations. The main sticking points are mandated pension cuts, tax reforms and future cuts Greece must make to meet bailout targets. The country has depended on bailouts since 2010. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)  (The Associated Press)

Greek unions have called strikes against plans to overhaul the country's pension system that could be finalized this week in talks with bailout negotiators.

Protests planned Thursday are set to ground most flights, halt television news programs, close state schools, and leave public hospitals accepting emergency cases only.

Negotiators from European Union institutions and the International Monetary Fund are due to meet Thursday with Labor Minister Giorgos Katrougalos to discuss the reforms for Greece's pension system, battered by high unemployment and a massive 2012 debt restructuring deal.

The left-wing government is resisting pressure to impose a new round of deep cuts for pensioners and wants hike contributions from businesses and salary earners — triggering protests from professional groups that have lasted months.